Kentucky Resources and Web sites
Air & Waste Management Association
The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional organization that enhances knowledge and expertise by providing a neutral forum for information exchange, professional development, networking opportunities, public education, and outreach to more than 8000 environmental professionals in 65 countries. A&WMA has developed a series of award- winning Environmental Education Resource Guides. Visit their web site to find out more.
AWAKE (All Wild About Kentuckyâ€™s Environment) – This site is temporarily unavailable due to maintenance
All Wild About Kentuckyâ€™s Environment (AWAKE) is a web site for all Kentuckians!! It is a site with many different kinds of information for all audiences: students, teachers, hunters, anglers, and all of us who love and want to know more about Kentuckyâ€™s environment.
Bluegrass PRIDE (Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment)
Bluegrass PRIDEâ€™s mission is to provide resources that educate and empower the communities and individuals of Central Kentucky to improve their quality of life by improving the quality of their environment.
Daniel Boone National Forest
Located in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, the Daniel Boone National Forest encompasses over 700,000 acres of land.
Eastern Kentucky Universityâ€™s Division of Natural Areas
Contains environmental education resources for teachers.
EE in Kentucky
EEinkentuckyâ€ť is a one stop resource for teachers and all citizens who want a simple and straightforward way to discover environmental education opportunities in the Commonwealth. The website features a listing of environmental education resources throughout the state, along with a calendar of events and more! Sign up your organization today, and become part of this growing network!
Kentucky Department of Agriculture
Kentucky Proud lesson plans, Agriculture and the Environment program, and more!
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Includes links to Kentucky Afield for Kids, Hunting and Fishing licenses, and Salato Wildlife Education Center.
Kentucky Division for Air Quality
The Clean Air for Kentucky program offers classroom visits and resources for teachers and students.
Kentucky Division of Waste Management
Searchable website can help you determine what and where to recycle in your county, how to dispose properly of compact fluorescent light bulbs, and more.
Kentucky Division of Water
Information about Water Watch (monitor streams in your community), drinking water, ground water, and water conservation.
KY Energy and Environment Cabinet
Includes links to the EPPC Land, Air, and Water Magazine, Environmental Education and Outreach, Earth Day, and Environmental Quality Commission Web Pages.
Kentucky Environmental Education Council
The state agency that coordinates environmental education in the Commonwealth.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Information Systems
Did you know that elktoes may live in your home county? Check out the KY Fish and Wildlife Information Systems website. You can discover what fish, birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and mollusks have been sighted in your county.
Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools
The Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools (KGHS) Program is a new, voluntary effort to empower students and staff with the tools needed to take action and make their school operate at peak efficiency. KGHS incorporates a two-pronged approach. New or renovated schools may include a â€śgreen and healthyâ€ť design from the start. Existing schools participate as students inventory current school operations and implement action plans to improve school health and sustainability. Recognition and awards are administered through the Kentucky Environmental Education Council in cooperation with the Kentucky Department of Education and the Green and Healthy Schools Task Force.
Kentucky State Parks
Field trip opportunities abound.
Kentucky University Partnership for Environmental Education
Links to all 8 state university environmental education programs. The Kentucky University Partnership for Environmental Education (KUPEE) is a partnership of Centers for Environmental Education located at all state universities in Kentucky. The Partnershipâ€™s mission is to increase the environmental literacy of all citizens of the Commonwealth through environmental education to assure the protection and sustainable development of Kentuckyâ€™s natural and cultural resources.
Land Between the Lakes Association â€“ Friends of LBL
Friends of LBL is a not-for-profit partner with the USDA Forest Service in management of the 170,000 acre National Recreation Area which offers extensive opportunities for camping, fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, hiking, biking, viewing Elk and Bison in the open and learning more about the stars, the animals and the culture of the region.
PRIDE (Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment)
PRIDE serves 38 counties in southern and eastern Kentucky. Teachers in the 38 PRIDE counties in Eastern Kentucky can sign up to do stream monitoring. They will receive training and test kits â€” without submitting a grant proposal!
Western Kentucky University Outdoor Leadership Program
This program emphasizes experiential teaching/learning using the Wilderness Education Association curriculum under field conditions, which builds upon the studentâ€™s prior outdoor study and experience.
National/International Resources and Web sites
Air Quality Index (AQI) â€“ AIRNow
Real-time Air Pollution Data from the U.S. EPA .
Center for Global Environmental Education
CGEE has been an internationally recognized pioneer in creating thematic learning projects for K-12 students around the globe.
Earth Day Network
The nonprofit coordinating body of worldwide Earth Day activities.
EETAP Resource Library
A consortium of leading EE organizations and education institutions. The EETAP Resource Library has developed some groundbreaking publications to assist educators, students, and others in finding resources on the World Wide Web. You can also find summaries of some of the best materials on EE at no cost in easy-to-read information sheets.
Weekly EE material about animals, plants, and environmental issues for K-8 teachers and students includes 2 reading levels, Spanish versions, interdisciplinary activities and more.
A comprehensive online field guide resource, and much more!
Exotic Plants â€“ Weeds Gone Wild
Exotic weeds are taking over public lands at the rate of 4,300 acres a day. Itâ€™s no wonder that these invasive alien species are one of the greatest threats to the biological diversity and natural ecosystems of the U.S., second only to direct habitat destruction.
The GLOBE Program
Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment â€” a worldwide network of students, teachers, and scientists working together to study and understand the global environment.
Green Media Toolshed
Provides media-related tools and information for its members so they can effectively project their environmental messages to the public and decision-makers.
A magazine by and for educators to enhance environmental and global education across the curriculum at all grade levels. KAEE members get a subscription discount!
If Trees Could Talk
An excellent new Environmental History Middle School curriculum, written by the Forest History Society.
Free, high quality, newer and emerging Web interactive learning tools of science education based on National Science Education Standards (NAS, 1996).
Librariansâ€™ Index to the Internet
The mission of Librariansâ€™ Index to the Internet is to provide a well-organized point of access for reliable, trustworthy, librarian-selected Internet resources, serving California, the nation, and the world.
Join in the University of Kansasâ€™ research on the Monarch butterfly! See the Monarch Watch website to obtain posters, videos, curriculum guides, monarch rearing kits, and tagging kits to tag migrating monarchs.
My Community, Our Earth : Geographic Learning for Sustainable Development
Secondary and university students around the world are invited to participate in an innovative project that challenges them to use geography tools and methods to study how their communities can become healthier and more livable, how they can exist in greater harmony with the natural world, and how to plan for the future.
A partnership between U.S. Forest Service and USDA, the mission of Nature Watch is to provide children and adults the opportunity to safely view, and participate in, activities and programs that raise their level of awareness and understanding of wildlife, fish, and plants, and their connection to exosystems, landscapes, and people. Features live video cams, a photo library, and resources for teachers, kids, and planners.
North American Association for Environmental Education
The largest international environmental education organization. The website contains EElink, a resource for teachers, organizations, K-12 students, higher education programs, environmental news, grants, job searches, environmental publications, and much more.
National Environmental Education Advancement Project (NEEAP)
Supports the development and expansion of quality environmental education (EE) programs through a variety of state and local capacity building efforts.
National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project
The mission of NEED is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating networks of students, educators, and business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs. All materials have been correlated to the National Science Standards and the Kentucky Core Content. The Kentucky NEED Project hosts workshops across the Commonwealth and encourages student leadership opportunities on the topic of ENERGY.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Their reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as they work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them. Topics include weather, climate change; oceans and coasts; and satellites and space.
Operation Rubythroat : The Hummingbird Project
Everybody loves hummingbirds, and these tiny feathered dynamos can be used to help students learn about science, math, geography, culture, and virtually any academic discipline.
Population Connectionâ€™s World Population video and curriculum
Formerly known as ZPG, Population Connection has unveiled a new version of their popular World Population video. Population Connection also offers curriculum for population education.
Project Learning Tree
An interdisciplinary EE program for preK-12 that helps students gain awareness and knowledge of the natural and built environment, their place within it, as well as their responsibility for it.
An international water science and education program for educators of students in grades K-12.
The most widely used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school.
Classroom resources based on Peace Corps Volunteer experiences. Discover how to plan, develop, create, perform, and evaluate a service-learning project on the Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools website. Included are lesson plans, guides to standards, and links to useful service-learning sites.
State Education and Environment Roundtable
Research into, and published data about, the academic benefits of environment-based education for K-12 students.
Interactive Topographic Map of the entire U.S.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
The USGS provides scientific information intended to help educate the public about natural resources, natureal hazards, geospatial data, and issues that affect our quality of life. With educational resources for K-12 teachers and the general public. USGS features a fantastic explanation of The Water Cycle.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPAâ€™s environmental education site offers resources for students and teachers, with topics including air, waste, water, plants and animals, and more.